A typhoon delays the launch of a Japanese spacecraft on the ISS.

A typhoon delays the launch of a Japanese spacecraft on the ISS.

The Japanese space agency had to postpone the launch of a cargo ship on the ISS due to a typhoon. Ship Kounotori 7 planned to send on September 10 to replenish the station's reserves. But a strong wind covered the launch site of the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. One of the JAXA stations is responsible for monitoring the weather, transmitting weather forecasts for the day and the day of launch.

Mission Kounotori 7 will be the seventh launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle, designed to carry cargo to the ISS. Then the ship is intentionally sent to the atmosphere, where it burns after the completion of the mission. The name translates from Japanese as “White Stork”.

A typhoon delays the launch of a Japanese spacecraft on the ISS.

The Japanese Agency postponed the launch of Kounotori 7 (the seventh launch of the H-II Transfer Vehicle) due to bad weather. The launch was planned for September 10 from the Space Center of Tanegashima (south of Japan)

The Japanese spacecraft Kounotori 7 is gold-plated cylinders with a length of 10 m and a width of 4.4 m, capable of transporting about 6 tons of objects. Some are located inside the pressure compartment available to astronauts. Other equipment is stored in the compartment without pressure, which is accessible to the robotic arm of the station. NASA reports that Kounotori 7 will deliver many scientific experiments for the crew of the 56th expedition. Also on the ship are 6 lithium-ion batteries that will be installed on the outside of the space station during future spacewalks. At Kounotori 7, there is a long-awaited experiment in space elevator technology (two small satellites that turn around with a cable and a container on the engine). His plan to test in late September.

Japan will check the HTV re-entry capsule to test the return technology after delivering the cargo to the ISS

The mission plans to test a new space technology for Japan - a re-entry capsule. She detaches from Kounotori 7 after entering the atmosphere to deliver samples to Earth. JAXA reports that the capsule will be attached to the hatch inside the pressure compartment. She uses a parachute to land in the Pacific.

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